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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - July 18, 1947, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia Poland crippled and poor clings to Fath Cardinal Griffin London june 22 Poland despite die appalling sufferings inflicted on her during the War and the poverty that has followed is clinging steadfastly to the Catholic Faith and has a great love and affection for Britain. This was the impression made upon Cardinal Bernard or inn archbishop or West Minster during his recent visit to Poland his Eminence declared when he spoke at the Centenary celebrations of Ratcliffe College Leicester. 0ardinal Griffin who returned to London last month visited Poland at the request of Gardinal lond primate of Poland. The Cardinal said mgr. Griffin holds a special place in the life of Catholic Poland and is held in great esteem and affection by the people especially As during the War he was for some time a prisoner in the hands of the germans. The demonstration which i witnessed of the people s love and affection for him gave me absolute proof of the position he holds in the hearts of the people in Poland enormous Slaughter the Cardinal stressed four Points arising from his visit. The first is the fact of the enormous loss of life and property which Poland suffered As a result of the War and the de liberate intention of the nazis to exterminate the polish his Eminence visited two concentration Camps in Poland and received first class evidence of the foul deeds that had been done there. In one Camp two and a half millions had been Mur dered and cremated and in another Over two millions. The victims included two Bishops thousands of priests. At Warsaw 1 is ,3ssss at a Jesuit school where Are the relics of St. Andrew Bobola a Jesuit Martyr. In the cellar there rested the bodies of 25 Jesuit priests and some prominent Lay people who were shot by the nazis during the occupation. After mass i had breakfast with the clergy and two of the priests gave me their own accounts As Eye witnesses of this horrible massacre they themselves having escaped Only because the Ger mans thought they were dead. Great poverty my second impression was that Poland is a very poor nation. There Are few cars about. There Are hardly any agricultural implements and most of the agricultural work is be ing done by hand. I saw whole families on their hands and Knees working hard in the Fields planting and Weed ing. In addition there Are thousands of adults and children who a living in great poverty. They Ai being helped by the Caritas organi actions which in turn Are helped by tin great Charity of the poles themso1 and by the assistance that is Recei. From abroad. I sincerely Trust that this country will increase its efforts to help our great ally and that gifts of food clothing and also of books will be sent to the polish people. Strong Catholic life the third and greatest impression which i received however was of the strength and virility of Catholic life in Poland., Poland is a Catholic nation but the catholicity of the people is deep sincere and demonstrative. I had the great privilege of being present at Lowicz for the Corpus Chat Loti procession. Lowicz is a Small place but people had come a Dis Tance of 50 and More Miles to take part in the procession. Many of the Young men and women came in their traditional picturesque peasant dress and the whole scene was one of Beauty and color. The Devotion of the people was in tense and they Sang lustily and with enthusiasm. There must have been about 50,000 people present in this Small Village and after mass we had a procession through the streets. When it was All Over f received a tremendous Welcome from the people who had gathered there. They welcomed me As the representative of the Catholic Church in England and As an englishman who was a Friend of tremendous Welcome in All said the Cardinal the tour covered some 2,500 Kilometres most of it by car but including also two air trips. Everywhere we went we were received by enormous crowds with tremendous enthusiasm. In every Village through which we passed Arches had been erected the car was stopped and addresses of Welcome were read in various languages by the priest by the representatives of the Parish by the scouts and girl guides and by the Little children who in turn presented Small bouquets of Beautiful Flowers. As we approached a town we were met a number of times by a guard of Boner composed of local men and boys on horseback which was not without its amusement and excitement. Twice our car was lifted up bodily in the enthusiasm of the people. At Lublin i visited the Catholic University and to a packed audience the students spoke of their debt to Newman and Chesterton and told me How they were studying English Catholic authors. These Young people were full of the enthusiasm of youth and looking Forward to the spiritual and material rebuilding of their country. Our lady of Czestochowa after describing the Celebration of the Patron Al feast of a Village he visited the Cardinal went on i spent the last Day at the shrine of our lady of Czestochowa. I received a most cordial Welcome from the Bishop clergy and people when i arrived at Czestochowa at two o clock in the afternoon. With the visits to the Church and to the shrine it was not until four o clock that we were free to sit Down to lunch. In the evening although it was raining thousands assembled in the Square in front of the Church for the evening procession. Devotion to the blessed sacrament and to our lady Queen of Poland Are the two great devotions which in spire Catholic Faith and Catholic practice in Poland. The Faith of the people is energetic and everyone Young and old of every class takes his full share in Catholic life. I was very impressed with the dignity and Power and enthusiasm of the Young people. It is in them that the future Hopes of Poland rest. Polish people love England and finally i was very impressed during my visit with the tremendous love and affection which exist among the people of Poland for this country. The polish nation is determined always to be Loyal to its Catholic Faith and traditions and to work for the recovery of the nation after the terrible devastation and destruction that has been caused to the country during recent years. The people i visited in those places which Are de scribed As the recovered territories Are forging ahead with great plans for rebuilding and reconstruction. I lost my heart to the polish people. They Are a great nation and i was deeply moved by their kind Ness and their amazing hospitality. I know that our country is determined to do everything possible to help them. All that they desire is Complete free Dom and Independence to work out their own future. They have deserved such Freedom by their tremendous test of Honor London june 17 welcoming car Dinal Griffin to Cracow during his Eminence s visit to Poland Cardinal Sapieha s paper to Godnik pow Czechny declared. His Eminence Cardinal grif Fin is a tested Friend of Poland. We know on Lar too Well that the feelings of the English Community with regard to Poland change from time to time. There was a time when a pole was greeted in England almost As a Saviour and the polish cause was considered As second Only to the cause of the Empire. With time a revision of these sympathies. Cardinal Griffin belongs to those englishmen who did not alter in any Way their cordial attitude towards the poles and Poland. In december 1944, in Westminster Cathedral he said that the reconstruction of a free and soverign Poland is one of the principle bases of a future peace and in july 1945, he repeated and acknowledged As his own the words of Cardinal Hinsley that the cause of a Sovereign Poland is the test of the Honor of great Britain Bevin playing a Man s part Liverpool june 27 Bishop Al Yin of Lancaster has a word of Praise for or. Bevin when he addressed 1,500 . Members at Cleator Moor Cumberland. I am glad to note he said that our foreign Secretary or. Bevin is playing a Man s part to Bridge the terrible separation of Man from Man and nation from nation. Europe to Day is separated by Bridges broken Down during the War. It is the desire of the Pope to see Bridges and barriers Between nations broken during the War added Bishop Flynn the holy father did All he could to bring the nations together. But because of an arrangement be tween Britain and Italy he had no say in any treaties and so the nations lost his Good in another address last week at Workington Cumberland mgr. Flynn said of the holy father there is no Man in the world to whom the working Man and the under dog owe so much. The Pope worked All through the War for the restoration of the peace which he strove so hard to maintain the Best men knew that fact and the Best men consulted him. He is there in his solitary position in the Vatican overlooking the whole world the one supernatural Power which can say t love All men no matter what be their nationality. I strive for the Good of All men no matter what be their color or class continued on Page two or. Leo Howard m.a., lecturer m latin at. The Adelaide University with his wife formerly a vow Jones b.a., amid children Mary Eliza Beth and David Pruul they left by the Albu Rias Early this month for England where or. Howard will study at Mville and Caim col lege Cambridge. He is the eldest son of or. And mrs. Paul Howard of Woodville. A guiding hand into the impenetrable darkness of to Morrow Many of us feel our Way striving to know what will become of us what lies in store for us. Yet none of us is Able to cast any Light on the future in any Way except to have. A reasonable expectancy of reaching the allotted Span. Even so we have no idea what experiences we will go through in the years ahead. One thing should be made secure the welfare of your family. Should any thing happen to you a sound will and a permanent and trustworthy executor Are their Only safeguards. Make Safe provision for your family by appointing elder s trustee and executor company limited As executor of your will. Ask for. 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